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Sep 30, 2012 11:30am EDT
chamber of commerce and the american civil liberties union. it gives you a sense we have not settled on big ideas yet. >> peter: let me ask you about the possibility the president can step in here through executive action. if you were advising the president today would you recommend the wise house step in and if so, what should they do and what can they do? >> that is a close call. we do need some momentum. there are those of us that are watching the activity on the hill are suggesting there is some common ground. we need to generate momentum for the future. the executive order does that, and frankly, that's probably a good thing. but it is a limited thing. it comes with a tariff. acids before, the problem right now is we lack political concensus. an executive order is an admission we lack political consensus but we are going to move forward anyway. even if these are correct steps we are moving forward in a sensitive area without the two political branches of government being in agreement. as director of nsa and cia, i operated on the outer reaches of executive prerogative doing thin
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